Preston Xaverian News: 26th May 2019

Here in Preston things have been quite busy. Last Saturday (18/05) there was a day exploring “Being Church in Smaller Groups” as part of the Formation for Mission agenda of the ACTA Group. Facilitated by Rose and Greg McCrave, the day gave the 40 or so participants a chance to identify and celebrate where we can be Church in smaller group settings. It was a very life giving and enthusiastic time together and we look forward to the next day on July 13th, where we will be aided by Simon Stewart to look at the Emerging Church.

On September 14th we will have a day organised by the Xaverians where we will present the Xaverian Charism, explore together how to live the mission spirituality and make the Xaverian Centre here a place of formation and nourishment, but also one of outreach. Come and take part and see how we can put in practice our aims of interfaith dialogue, lay formation and mission on the margins by cultivating a mission spirituality.

This week Jim will be in Rome with Hugh Foy, our director of projects and programmes, taking part in a Conference at the Gregorian University on “Cultures of Unbelief.” This is part of our commitment to interfaith, interreligious dialogue. We will keep you posted on how it went.

On July 1st we welcome Phil Callaghan who will work with us here in Preston. Phil is a young lay man who has great experience in youth and lay formation and was the Chair of the YCW in the UK. He will help in both administration but also in creating and delivering programmes. We are excited to have him on board.

We wish to thank all who continue to put on events and courses here at the Centre and to all who work behind the scenes in collaboration with us. Please keep abreast of all that’s going on via the web site or by contacting the Centre.

God bless

Jim Clarke, s.x.

ACTA National Conference: Saturday 12 October 19

“Imagining the Church of the future” at King’s House Conference Centre, King’s Church, Sidney Street, Manchester. M1 7HB

Don’t miss the opportunity to spend the day with Fr Diarmuid O’Murchu

“Diarmuid O’Murchu is a spiritual genius.” Richard Rohr
Diarmuid’s books and writings are very well known, but the chance to spend the day with him in England is rare. We all know how the spirituality of vast numbers of Christians (and non-Christians) has been enriched by the flowering of interest in meditation and contemplation in recent years.

One of the foremost teachers and practitioners in that movement is Richard Rohr, whose Centre for Action and Contemplation in New Mexico in the USA is world famous. Fr Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest with an immense online following around the world.
Integral to Rohr’s practice and thinking are the teachings of Dairmuid O’Murchu. “Diarmuid O’Murchu is a spiritual genius.” — Richard Rohr, author, The Naked Now. “A truly powerful read. O’Murchu does not flinch from speaking his truth with clarity and forthrightness backed by excellent and extensive research.” — Barbara Fiand, author, In the Stillness You Will Know.

Book now. He’ll be speaking in the morning and the afternoon sessions of our conference. There will be opportunities for discussion and for Q&A’s. It will be a great day in Manchester. There’s good access by public transport to the venue.